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Welcome to the Jungle (2013)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 8 February 2014 (Japan)
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A company retreat on a tropical island goes terribly awry.

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Rob Meltzer

Writer:

Jeff Kauffmann
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Credited cast:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Storm
Adam Brody ... Chris
Rob Huebel ... Phil
Megan Boone ... Lisa
Kristen Schaal ... Brenda
Dennis Haysbert ... Mr. Palmer
Aaron Takahashi ... Troy
Eric Edelstein ... Jared
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan C. Defendini Juan C. Defendini ... Javier
Zev Glassenberg ... Javier
Tommy Kavelin Tommy Kavelin ... Bob Krayton
Michael J. Morris ... Michael
Teeadora Paz ... Stephanie (as Stephanie Lopez)
Robert Peters ... Dale
John Piñero John Piñero ... Buddy the Pilot
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Eager to climb the corporate ladder, the nice guy and low-level office drone, Chris, sees his hard work go down the drain when an arrogant and conniving co-worker steals his brilliant idea and lands an important client. Under those circumstances, the tough ex-Marine and determined team-building coach, Storm Rothschild, leads the mismatched office team to a remote tropical island for a mandatory two-day character-building course. However, there, on the secluded haven, whatever can go wrong will go wrong, as ravenous ambition, unpunished rebellion, frail allegiances, and even a ferocious man-eating tiger get in the way of the stranded employees' safe return to civilisation. Does the team have what it takes to survive? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Puerto Rico | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to the Jungle See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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This is the second movie that has Jean-Claude Van Damme getting attacked by a tiger. The first was "Double Team" (1997). See more »

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The passengers do not wear, nor are they even provided, seat belts. This is against the US Federal Aviation Regulations, See more »

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Lisa: There's a time to be nice and then there's also a time when you have to say enough is enough, and stick your foot so far up a prick like Phil's ass that he chokes on your fucking shoelaces. And I think now is one of those times.
[dramatic pause]
Storm: I do, too.
Lisa: How did you...?
Storm: Listen Chris, there's a time to play nice, and there also comes a time when you have to say enough is enough, and stick your foot so far a prick like Phil's ass that he chokes on your own fucking shoelaces.
Lisa: That is literally ...
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Jean-Claude Van Damme tries his hand at comedy!
25 March 2014 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE': Three Stars (Out of Five)

Jean-Claude Van Damme tries his hand at comedy with this workforce island retreat slapstick adventure film also starring Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Megan Boone, Kristen Schaal and Dennis Haysbert. Brody plays an insecure office worker who is always being bullied by his co-worker (played by Huebel) and dreaming of a better life. Van Damme plays an ex-marine wilderness guide who takes the office on a 'work team adventure'. It was directed by Rob Meltzer and written by first time film writer Jeff Kauffmann. I found the movie to be pretty poorly written and directed but I did admire the effort put in by all of the cast (especially Van Damme).

Brody plays Chris, a bullied office worker who is constantly fantasizing about impressing his boss, Mr. Crawford (Haysbert), and co-workers; especially an HR manager named Lisa (Boone). Huebel plays the man who's always taking advantage of Chris, named Phil, and recently stole a successful idea of his. Chris finally has the chance to stand up to Phil, and prove his worth to all of his co-workers, when the entire work team is stranded on an island during a retreat. Their instructor, an ex-marine named Storm Rothchild (Van Damme), is attacked by a tiger and decommissioned.

This is Van Damme's first venture into comedy and he does a great job; I'm becoming more and more impressed with him (as an actor, athlete and entertainer) as years go on. It's just a shame he didn't have a better script and director to work with. I'd still much rather watch a movie like this than something like 'THE GAME PLAN' (with The Rock) or 'THE PACIFIER' (with Vin Diesel) though. Brody and Huebel are always good in comedies like this and it's great to see Haysbert stretching and doing comedy as well (and he's funny in his few scenes). I just didn't like the story or most of the jokes very much (and thought it was pretty poorly directed). Grade A for acting and effort though.

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